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2016 MLB Draft: Houston Astros select Michigan pitcher Brett Adcock in 4th round

The Astros got to the Big Ten in two of their first four picks.


The Houston Astros mid-west crosscheckers are putting in work in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Astros selected left-handed pitcher Brett Adcock out of the University of Michigan.

Adcock, a junior from Kawkawlin, Mich., was 7-5 with a 3.22 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 62 walks, .190 batting average against in 78 1/3 innings. He was selected to the Big Ten all-conference second team.

Adcock shows potential with a 11.49 strikeout per nine rates but shows a major flaw with a 7.12 walk per nine.

The Baseball Draft Report said of Adcock:

Brett Adcock doesn't have the size as Vieaux, Sawyer, or his teammate Hill, but his stuff is no less impressive. Lefties that can throw four pitches for strikes with his kind of track record of success, both peripherally (10.29 K/9 in 2014, 9.50 K/9 in 2015) and traditionally (2.87 ERA in 2014, 3.10 ERA in 2015), have a tendency to get noticed even when coming in a 6-0, 215 package. I had somebody describe him to me as "Anthony Kay without the killer change," an odd comparison that kind of works the less you think about it. Adcock has a good fastball (88-92, 94 peak) and two average or better breaking balls (77-81 SL is fine, but his 75-78 CB could be a big league put away pitch) in addition to an upper-70s changeup that is plenty usable yet hardly on par with Kay's dominant offering. If Kay is a borderline first round talent (he is), then surely Adcock could find his way into the draft's top five or so rounds. That might be too aggressive to some, so I'll agree to knocking down expectations to single-digit rounds and calling it even.